Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just-Released: 2011 Health Report Card

2011 Colorado Health Report Card Highlights Health Amid Economic Challenges

Despite making progress in some areas, Colorado continues to fall behind other states in childhood obesity, prenatal care, dental care for children and other factors that impact our physical and economic health, according to the 2011 Colorado Health Report Card. The latest Report Card features a supplement that shows how an investment in evidence-based public health programs could improve Colorado’s health and substantially reduce costs.
Released by the Colorado Health Foundation in collaboration with the Colorado Health Institute, the Report Card tracks 38 health indicators spanning five life stages: Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Children, Healthy Adolescents, Healthy Adults and Healthy Aging. If left unchanged, many of these indicators pose significant risks to the health and well being of Coloradans.

Dr. Chris Urbina, CDPHE executive director and chief medical officer, authored an op-ed piece connecting the Report Card to Colorado's 10 Winnable Battles. "Several of the state’s Winnable Battles are reflected in the report card, such as oral health, obesity, tobacco cessation and infectious disease prevention. To the extent the Report Card helps bring private and public partners together to improve the health of Coloradans, I welcome the spotlight on health," wrote Dr. Urbina. Click here to read the full op-ed.
On Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm MTN, Rocky Mountain PBS' Colorado State of Mind will discuss the just-released Colorado Health Report Card and what it reveals about how we're doing when it comes to health care reform and access for all. The panel will include Anne Warhover, Sue Birch, Michele Lueck and Dr. Urbina.

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